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Some Glaring Problems
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on May 26, 2021
I had recently finished "This Secret Thing" by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen and was eager to check out her other books, so I was glad to see that she has written at least 3 others. I was a bit curious when I saw that this Kindle book was so inexpensive, but I bought this one anyway. For the first 90% of the book I was pretty pleased with the story, but the last 10% leaves much to be desired. Overall the story of Worthy and its inhabitants is engaging, even if there are a few small details that were overlooked, and the characters weren't very developed. Where I take exception with the story is in regards to Leah...
Leah was raped. PERIOD. Consent is given enthusiastically, and continuously. In no way is it ok for the boys to have gotten off with an apology. The fact that they are "another town's problem now " is simply not acceptable. If the last several years have taught us anything it is that people like these boys will go on to repeat their offenses, and that the pervasive "boys will be boys" attitude that has ruled our world is no longer an excuse for rape. Shame on the character of Nancy for enabling the boys' parents in their quest to "make it all go away," and shame on Marybeth Mayhew Whalen for enabling rape culture, even if it's just in a book.